Becoming a St. Jude Warrior

In just a few short weeks, I’ll be slogging through mud, leaping over fire, scaling walls, enduring frigid waters, and partaking in a variety of crazy obstacles as I take on my first Warrior Dash.

You might think I’ve lost my mind, but to me, this is about clearing my mind.  As I mentioned in my last post, my past couple years have been filled with one obstacle after another. Running this race is the perfect metaphor for my life!

It’s about taking on a challenge that feels a little scary, and will have me pushing myself beyond what’s comfortable and safe. The Warrior Dash is a series of 10 obstacles over 5K, that challenge you physically and mentally in ways you’ve likely never been challenged before. And don’t we all come up against stuff in life that requires us to dig deeper than we thought we could dig?  To summon up physical or mental reserves that we didn’t know we had?

Completing this race is about having the mindset of a Warrior.

A Warrior will face a challenge with a mindset of victory, and will persevere to the end.  Because what is on the other side is a victory that is sweet and satisfying in ways only a Warrior understands. We feel invigorated, alive and unstoppable, and move forward with that energy so that we meet our next obstacle with more strength and less fear.

With that in mind, it seems fitting that the cost of participating in this event goes to support the research and treatment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Because any child that has to fight against cancer is the epitome of a true Warrior.

I could have just done the race with my friends and enjoyed the party at the end, knowing that my entry fee was going to the cause.  But with the way cancer has affected my life, I felt compelled to join their fundraising event, and become a St. Jude Warrior. As a mother, it breaks my heart to think about what these incredibly strong and courageous children are going through, and I feel it is a great cause to contribute to. I also love that a full 81% of the donations go to supporting the research and treatment of the hospital. Our dollars are making a real difference.

If you feel called, you can help me reach my goal by making a donation here.

Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude — research that is shared freely with the global medical community. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for anything.

My goal is to raise $1500 by November 10th, and just days into my fundraising efforts, I’m so grateful for my community who has already helped me get half way there!

My plan is to finish this year strong, and remind myself of just how much I am capable of in life. Because I am a Warrior…I have persisted….I am persisting….and I will celebrate each sweet victory for the strength it provides as I continue on my journey.

Again, if you’d like to contribute, you can visit my fundraising page.

And I’ll be posting some wild and crazy pictures from the Dash in mid-November, so be sure to visit back often for updates!

To the Warrior in All of Us,

 

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4 Responses to “Becoming a St. Jude Warrior”

  1. That’s a wonderful story. Have a great journey. Thanks for sharing your awesome writings that could inspire other readers.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Edward. It was an AMAZING journey! I appreciate your kind comment.

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  2. Great story Beth. Your writing style is commendable.
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    Thanks Pitt, I appreciate it.

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